MindOut: Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

LGBTIQ+ people have a heightened risk of mental health diagnosis, psychological distress, self-harm, suicide ideation, and suicide attempts. 

MindOUT develops and delivers national suicide prevention initiatives for the mental health and suicide prevention sectors to help them meet the needs of LGBTIQ+ populations. In doing so, the program aims to improve the mental health outcomes and reduce suicide and suicidal behavior amongst LGBTIQ+ people and communities.

The goals and objectives of MindOut are:

  • work with Government to support the inclusion of LGBTIQ+ populations in mental health and suicide prevention strategies, policies and progammes
  • work with mental health and suicide prevention organisaitons and services to support them to be increasingly responsive to the needs of LGBTIQ+ people and communities
  • support LGBTIQ+ people and communities to be able to identify and respond to their own mental health needs, along with supporting others in the LGBTIQ+ community.

MindOUT achieves this through implementing the following activities:

  • developing a suite of professional resources for the mental health sector
  • providing training and education for mental health professionals on LGBTIQ+ mental health
  • delivering mental health and suicide prevention awareness education for LGBTIQ+ people
  • establishing supportive partnerships with mental health and suicide prevention organisations
  • facilitating online professional development opportunities for the mental health and suicide prevention sector.
  • Resources:

    Webinar: Launch of LGBTIQA+ Suicide Postvention Response Plan

    On behalf of our member organisation Switchboard, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia will host the launch of the LGBTIQA+ Suicide Postvention Response Plan. This webinar aims to support the work of LGBTIQ member organisations when responding to the need of people affected by suicide.

    Read more February 24, 2021 12:47 PM

    R U OK's LGBTIQ+ Conversation Guide

    R U OK? has developed a conversation guide that contains tips to help you know when and how to ask someone who is gender, bodily or sexuality diverse, “Are you OK?” in a safe and supportive way. 

    Read more December 29, 2020 4:02 PM

    Current Evidence For Good Practice In Suicide Prevention For LGBTIQ+ People

    This report provides an overview of evidence from 2010 to 2020 for good practice in suicide prevention for LGBTIQ people. It largely focuses on peer-reviewed literature from 2018 onwards.

    Read more October 30, 2020 10:23 AM

    Webinar: We can all respond to suicide

    This webinar explores the importance and benefits of creating LGBTIQA+ specific learning environments to build suicide awareness and response skills – for, with and within our own communities.

    Read more October 01, 2020 5:30 PM

    Practice Wisdom: Working Therapeutically with LGBTI Clients

    This training is based on LGBTIQ+ Health Australia’s Working Therapeutically with LGBTI Clients: A Practice Wisdom Resource, which was developed by practitioners with extensive experience and deep knowledge about working with LGBTIQ+ people and communities.

    Read more April 13, 2020 1:25 PM

    Equal not the Same: Introduction to LGBTIQ+ Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

    LGBTI people are over-represented in mental health statistics of anxiety and depression, and have an increased risk of self-harm and suicide due to their experiences of stigma, discrimination, prejudice, abuse, violence, exclusion and isolation.

    Read more April 13, 2020 1:22 PM

    MindOUT Webinars List

    This series of webinars critically engages with topics related to understanding mental health and suicide prevention for LGBTI people. 

    Read more April 06, 2020 7:57 AM


    Suicide Prevention Australia partnering with The LGBTI Health Alliance for the development of LGBTI Suicide Prevention Good Practice Guidelines. This synthesis informed the development of the pending LGBTI Suicide Prevention Good Practice Guidelines.

    Read more July 26, 2018 3:56 PM

    National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy

    The National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy is a plan for strategic action to prevent mental ill-health and suicide, and promote good mental health and wellbeing for LGBTI people and communities across Australia.


    Read more November 01, 2016 5:50 PM

    MindOUT Youth Project Report

    The MindOUT! Youth Project brought together ten LGBT specialist youth services from around Australia to document and celebrate the amazing work they already do with LGBT young people.

    Read more August 03, 2016 11:21 AM

    Employers’ Guide to Intersex Inclusion

    This guide for employers, business managers, diversity and HR Professionals aims to introduce intersex and provide practical
    assistance to help build intersex inclusive practice. It is mostly aimed at employment practice, but much of the material will also help build inclusive service delivery.

    Read more November 01, 2014 6:51 PM

    Working Therapeutically with LGBTI Clients: A Practice Wisdom Resource

    This manual draws from the consulting room experience of a number of psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors who have worked with a broad range of sex, sexuality and gender diverse clients.

    Read more July 01, 2014 6:08 PM

    Going Upstream: A Framework for Promoting the Mental Health of LGBTI People

    This document provides a framework to guide the development and implementation of strategies that promote mental health and wellbeing in LGBTI Australians. The document draws on a growing body of Australian and international research and identifies key factors known to influence mental health for these communities.

    Read more June 01, 2014 6:33 PM

    Championing Inclusion: A Guide to Creating LGBTI Inclusive Organisations

    This resource draws on learnings from the Champions pilot project facilitated by MindOUT! in 2013-14. It provides a framework for organisations wishing to instigate a LGBTI Champions project across a diverse range of workplaces and groups, including mental health and suicide prevention services and organisations.

    Read more May 01, 2014 6:43 PM

    Cultural Competency Implementation Framework

    This document is designed to support mainstream mental health and suicide prevention services to better provide for LGBTI communities. The aim of the Framework is to ensure that these organisations are better able to recognise, understand and meet the specific needs of LGBTI people.

    Read more October 01, 2013 6:59 PM

    Pathways to Inclusion

    This paper provides a framework for providers of mainstream mental health and suicide prevention organisations to better recognise, understand and meet the specific needs of LGBTI people.

    Read more May 01, 2012 9:30 PM

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